Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Pete Wernick using the Wernick Method*

Lyons, CO at the RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival

Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass, 500 W Main St, Lyons, CO 80540

Sunday, July 31, 2022
12:00-1:30pm

Tuition: FREE!! Festival admission is required.

Assisted by Joan Wernick and Kevin Slick

This class is only available to RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival attendees, which is sold out.


Pete Wernick of Niwot, CO is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, innovative teacher and author, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Pete was the original pioneer of bluegrass music camps in the early 1980s.

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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Pete Wernick & Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method

Raleigh, NC at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival

Inside lobby of the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Friday and Saturday, Sep 30-Oct 1, 2022, 10am-Noon

Join us for either or both days!

Tuition: FREE!!

Student materials will be emailed to all pre-registered students.

Assisted by Leigh Nelson, Austin Scelzo, Kevin Slick, Buck Thrailkill, Ellen Carlson, Ira Gitlin, Annie Savage, Susan West, Leslie Dare, and other Wernick Method teachers!… More Info!

Pete Wernick’s Level 2 Bluegrass Camp at Silver Bay

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Silver Bay, NY at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center

Silver Bay is a large Y Camp and Conference Center, on Lake George in the Adirondacks.

87 Silver Bay Road
Silver Bay, NY 12874

August 21-26, 2022

Tuition: $460

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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Pete Wernick using the Wernick Method*

Denver, CO at the MidWinter Bluegrass Festival

Northglenn Delta/Marriott, 10 East 120th Avenue, Northglenn, CO 80233

Saturday, February 19, 2022, 1:00-4:00pm

Tuition: FREE!! Festival admission is required.

Student materials will be emailed to all who pre-register.

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Pete Wernick’s MerleFest Bluegrass Camp

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for Intermediate/Advanced (“Level 2” ) jammers

Boomer, NC just prior to MerleFest

Camp Harrison, 7901 South NC Highway 18, Boomer NC 28606 (10 miles south of Wilkesboro)

April 25-28, 2022

Monday – Thursday 9:15-5pm each day

Tuition: $425

Includes lunches, snacks, and Camp Harrison student fee. $100 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance. Other meals and on-site bunkhouse or camping are arranged directly with Camp Harrison.

You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Pete Wernick & Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method

Raleigh, NC at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival

Sir Walter Statue outside the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 (Rain location: Lobby of RCC)

Friday and Saturday, Oct 1-2, 2021, 10am-Noon

Join us for either or both days!

Tuition: FREE!!

Student materials will be emailed to all pre-registered students.

Assisted by Leigh Nelson, Austin Scelzo, Buck Thrailkill, Susan West, Leslie Dare, and other Wernick Method teachers!

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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Pete & Joan Wernick using the Wernick Method

Lyons, CO at the RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival

Wildflower Pavilion at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 W Main St, Lyons, CO 80540

Sat, July 24, 2021, Noon-1:15pm

Tuition: FREE!! Festival admission is required.

Assisted by Kevin Slick


Pete Wernick of Niwot, CO is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, innovative teacher and author, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Pete & Joan Wernick’s Bluegrass Jamming Workshops

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BASIC Jamming
Saturday, March 20, Noon-1:45pm CDT

FINE POINTS of Jamming
Saturday, March 20, 3-4:45pm CDT

BASIC Jamming
Sunday, March 21, 1:15-3pm CDT

Walnut Valley Festival Spring Workshops

March 20-21, 2021

Join Pete and Joan Wernick for one or more of these online workshops to learn the skills you need to jam!

  • Follow guitar chords to play along with new songs
  • Basics of the number system and ways to use it
  • How to anticipate chord changes on new songs
  • Etiquette/protocols of bluegrass jams, with emphasis on slow jams
  • Playing in different keys, transposing from a songbook to best singing key
  • Simplest way to solo on your instrument
  • You’ll receive 18 pages of student materials in advance (by email) to help learn repertoire and jam skills
  • Learn standard repertoire with playlists of over 100 Jam FavoritesHow to find a melody on your instrument (needed for good soloing)
  • Pete will answer questions

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Pete Wernick’s MerleFest Bluegrass Camp

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Pete Wernick’s Intermediate/Advanced Bluegrass Camp in Boomer, NC (just prior to MerleFest)

September 13-16, 2021

Monday – Thursday prior to MerleFest at the beautiful and spacious grounds of the Camp Harrison YMCA at Herring Ridge, 10 miles outside of Wilkesboro, NC.

To maximize safety at this camp, virtually all the teaching will be outdoors, with participants spaced. Close harmony singing will be masked. Outdoor dining will be available for all meals. All participants to date have been vaccinated, including three recently vaccinated. Merlefest is now “full vaccination or recent negative test required.”

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Pete Wernick’s Level 2 Bluegrass Camp at Silver Bay

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Silver Bay, NY at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center

August 22-27, 2021

Previously scheduled for June 20-25, 2021.


Silver Bay is a large Y Camp and Conference Center, on Lake George in the Adirondacks. For info about the facility, activities, photos of accommodations, visit SilverBay.org.

Tuition: $450

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